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Old May 3rd, 2012, 04:35 PM   #3961
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It seems the rest of England is getting sick and tired of London.
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London sucks the life out of Britain - Northern MP in astonishing rant against capital

The Daily Telegraph
3 May 2012

A Northern MP has launched a scathing attack on London, calling it a "dead weight crushing the life out of Britain".

Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, claimed "London sucks" in a local newspaper comment piece, saying his phobia has been exacerbated by the mayoral race between Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.

He says the capital has damaged regional banks, businesses and TV companies, and "crushed" big cities such as Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle which "once made Britain great".

He recommends the balance should be distributed throughout the country, giving greater economic weight to regions rather than London and production rather than finance.

And Mr Mitchell, writing in a comment piece for the Yorkshire Post, also slammed the idea of London as "an exciting cultural melting-pot" which single-handedly earns Britain's money, instead referring to it as a "bloated, bumptious Babylon".

"These self-serving myths are designed to convince London's chiselling barrow boys, middle class salarymen and women and Pearly Queens that we not only love them but depend on them," he said.

"We don't.

"London is a dead weight crushing the life out of Britain."

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 04:49 PM   #3962
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It seems the rest of England is getting sick and tired of London.
Nothing new about what he's saying

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10508673

Move along, nothing of interest here...try harder next time.

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Just realised who posted (Brisavoine)...somebody is obviously having a very bad day, seeing as Sarkozy, Napoleon Jnr, blew his chance on TV last night to rescue his presidency, thereby ensuring economic collapse for France in a few months (according to what Brisavoine posted in the World Skybar)...

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 05:20 PM   #3963
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Yeah, its best to just ignore brisavoine..

The day he says something good about London or the UK would be the day that.... oh wait, it will never happen.

Just concentrate on London in this thread and its huge projects of regeneration, restructuring and extreme growth that are not happening on this scale anywhere else in the continent.

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 07:22 PM   #3964
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London is amazing. P.S. there won't be much room for heron plaza with 100 bishobsgate hanging around
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:01 PM   #3965
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amazing video
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:02 PM   #3966
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what is the name of the new mall in london ?
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #3967
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what is the name of the new mall in london ?
many new shopping centres/malls were constructed and opened in london in the recent years, so which one are you referring to?
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 10:40 PM   #3968
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what is the name of the new mall in london ?
Westfield Stratford City?
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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:40 AM   #3969
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what is the name of the new mall in london ?
One New Change?
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Old May 4th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #3970
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i love this terrace in the mall



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Old May 4th, 2012, 12:33 PM   #3971
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yes that is one new change

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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #3972
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Olympiad boat project is unveiled‎

A boat crafted from 1,200 pieces of wood, including fragments from the Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar, was officially unveiled today as part of a national art project to mark the Olympics. Created as a "floating collage of memories", The Boat Project has been funded by the Arts Council England's Artists' Taking the Lead project as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The artists who came up with the idea, Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, known as Lone Twin, visited 20 locations across the region seeking contributions to be used in the building of the craft, which will be launched and named on Monday. They also invited members of the public to bring wooden pieces to the West Sussex boatyard where it was built.

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Old May 4th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #3973
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Chelsea make offer to buy Battersea Power Station
4 May 2012

Chelsea have made a bid to buy Battersea Power Station in south-west London and plan to redevelop it into a 60,000 capacity stadium.

The landmark's four chimneys would be kept as part of a design which includes a 15,000 seat single-tier south stand.

Chelsea said in March expanding their current home, Stamford Bridge, made no economic sense, while a new stadium on the site faced planning problems.

The club added they are not the only party interested in acquiring the site.

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Old May 5th, 2012, 12:07 AM   #3974
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Great developments over there in London.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #3975
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Anish Kapoor's Orbit tower: the mother of all helter-skelters

Finally, after two years of planning wrangles, Britain's largest public sculpture towers over the Olympic park



‘The closer you get to it, the less sense you can make of it’: The ArcelorMittal Orbit reaches completion in London’s Olympic park. Photograph: Stephen Hird

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...t-anish-kapoor
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Old May 6th, 2012, 02:02 AM   #3976
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It's official: London is the world’s best destination
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London has been named the best place to visit on the planet.

In Olympic and Jubilee year, the capital jumped from eighth to first place, ahead of New York, Rome and Paris and last year’s winner Cape Town.

The league table, compiled by tourist feedback website TripAdvisor, is based on analysis of tens of millions of reviews by visitors to 440 destinations around the world.

Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor’s director, said: “The capital has been very much in the spotlight over the past few years, thanks to the royal wedding, Diamond Jubilee and, of course, the Olympics, and we’re seeing travellers experience London in an increasingly favourable way.”

It is a remarkable achievement for a city that, a few years ago, was widely seen as grubby, grey and expensive.

In 2010, London did not feature in the top three in Britain, beaten by Edinburgh, Brighton and York.

But the combined draw of spectacles such as the West End show War Horse and free attractions, from great museums and parks to street markets such as Portobello Road, has transformed the capital’s global image.

One traveller from Los Angeles wrote: “London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It’s a virtual historical theme park. There are more free galleries and museums than anywhere in the world.”

Gordon Innes, chief executive of the capital’s tourism agency, London & Partners, said its top position was “a testament to the wonderful array of attractions, dining and accommodation that set London apart from all these other destinations.”

The top-rated hotels were Hotel 41 in Victoria, and the Milestone and Egerton House, both in Kensington. Favourite attractions were West End shows War Horse and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the Courtauld Gallery.

The highest rated restaurants were Pétrus in Knightsbridge, the Ledbury in Notting Hill and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.

1. London

2. New York City

3. Rome

4. Paris

5. San Francisco

6. Marrakech

7. Istanbul

8. Barcelona

9. Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Berlin
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Old May 6th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #3977
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Haha Brilliant!!

Certain people in a city not far away will be rather displeased at this news.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #3978
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London is truly amazing. Hat's off!
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Old May 6th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #3979
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London came 1st in all three categories..

Best place in UK.
Best Place in Europe.
Best place in World.

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Old May 6th, 2012, 01:46 PM   #3980
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London took out the top honour in anticipation of an "unforgettable" Olympic games, despite Sydney beating it last year. New York City came in second place followed by Rome, Paris and San Francisco. Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/s...#ixzz1u5HyNBCX
I like London much but as the article says it's mainly due to the 'Olympics effect'...It's systematically the case every time a city organises the Olympic games...The proof is: even Sydney (a gorgeous city though but so remote) was ahead of London last year...



I recently saw a report stating that London had literally exploded its budget for the Games, increased fourfold...apparently the spin-off benefits won't be important enough to cover the Games 'organisation for at least 5 years...given the economic downturn the future is likely to be dark for Londoners/London I'm afraid...

PS: not to mention the weather forecasts...if it was to rain a lot during the Games, would be terrible for London's image...I hope it won't be the case though.
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